Since the beginning of this year, Division 2 has been learning about our rights and responsibilities as Canadian citizens. They are outlined in our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which was added to our constitution in 1982. Our Prime Minister at the time, named Pierre Trudeau, had a vision of a multicultural country based on human rights and the protection of individual freedoms. His dream was a “Just Society”. He spent a total of 16 years in office making him one of our longest running prime ministers of all time.
As Canadian citizens, we have discovered we have many rights and to help maintain these rights for us and others, we also have responsibilities.
Now we have started to compare our rights with the rights of people in other countries. We’re noticing that people do not always have as many rights as we do, especially children. And girls are less likely to have as many rights as boys. For example, we have the right to an education in Canada whereas 113 million children around the world are denied an education – 60% are girls. That’s almost 68 million girls! Surprisingly, we have found out that water can prevents girls from going to school. Water? Do you know why? When access to water is limited, it often becomes the girl’s job to fetch it. This can take hours every day. Hours that could be spent in school if clean water was available much closer. We want to help empower women and girls to rise above the inequalities that exist worldwide. Will you help us by watching the video below? We would like all of our readers to consider the Girl Effect.